June 26

Dua Is The Weapon Of The Believer

"When my servants asks you about me, then (say to them) verily I am near. I answer the prayer of supplicant when he beseeches me". (2:186)

Many verses in the Quran stress on dua, and explain the value of dua. Also, there are numerous Ahadith (traditions) of the Prophet (saww) and Imams (as), which stress on the importance of dua in the life of a believer. Allah openly invites a man to invocate. "And says your Lord: ‘Call to me, I will answer you". (40:60)

The Prophet (saww) says: "The best form of worship is Dua". The most laziest man is that who doesn’t remember Allah by his lips or tongue, inspite of being healthy and idle. The Prophet (saww) says: "The most incapable man is the one who neglects dua".

Imam Ali (a.s) says: "The best deed to Allah is Dua".

Imam Muhammad Bakir (a.s) says : "Do not get bored with Dua as it is very highly ranked by Allah".

Imam Jaffer Sadiq (a.s ) says : "Increase Dua because it is the key to all mercy and fulfiller of every need".

Few observations about Dua:

(a) Dua is a Link: The biggest benefit of Dua is that it is a kind of link between a man and Allah. Man is in great need to make contact with Allah. This need is present in all spheres of a man’s life. One of these spheres in which he feels this need is his psychological sphere (i.e. his Nafs).

How? What do we mean by Psychological need? A man must have a balance in his nafs. A balance between his feeling weak and his feeling strong. If a man feels weak and sees his nafs weak, in face of difficulties and problems, he will not be able to face life and will crumble. At the same time, if a man is full of courage, then this leads him to be proud. So there must be a balance in the Nafs of a Person.

How and when can you get this balance? It can be obtained when you link yourself with Allah and get into contact with Allah (swt). Dua gives a man strength when he feels weak, because such a man sees that all the troubles and all the forces against him are nothing compared to Allah and His strengh. But at the same time he doesn’t get proud, because he who remembers Allah and His position, will feel weak and disgraced when he compares Allah’s strength with his own.

For example, if you are in contact with a King or a ruler, you have confidence that he will help you, since he has strength, and at the same time when you compare his strength with your own, you won’t be proud. Thus Dua gives you confidence, and at the same time prevents you from being proud. That is why a great many Duas stress on this, i.e. they talk of the greatness of Allah, and remind man of his weakness compared to Allah (swt).

"O Allah! I ask you by Your mercy that encompasses everything. O Allah! You are strong and I am weak"

(b) Dua is a Weapon: It is essential that a man recites Dua at all times, especially in this era. I think that the need is greater today, because we are living in dangerous conditions. Today can be compared to the battle of Khandaq where Kufr could have defeated Islam and falsehood could have won against truth. Today everywhere Muslims are suffering. In Iraq and in Palestine, massacres are taking place. In the Israeli prisons, severe tortures to Muslim Mujahids is norm of the day. In the face of all this, we must recite dua constantly.

Of course, we must act too. In Hadith – "A prayer of supplicant without action is same as an arrow without a string". But action without Allah’s help is also of no use. Our enemies have the strongest of weapons, while we are weak and disunited. We don’t possess even one quarter of technology they have. So how can we confront them? ‘Dua plus Action’ shall help us. Dua not only can uplift us spiritually, but is gives us strength as well.

As the Prophet (saww) said: "Dua is a Mumin’s weapon".

(c) Beseech Allah for everything and on everytime: One other observation is that we should beseech Allah’s help to all our serious and trivial problems. It is true that a man should ask Allah for everything, even for the salt of his table, but important things come first. Our Prophets asked for victory, asked for truth to win. The followers of Nabi Musa (a.s) used to ask for steadfastness, and patience against troubles. Everybody should ask for Islam’s victory. Dua should go with the times, and many Ulamas say that Dua is not that which is written in books only, but a man is allowed to pray the way he wants.

Dua is a contact with Allah, so make the contact the way you feel best. Of course, the Duas of our Imams (a.s) are more comprehensive and effective, but making contact yourself with your own words and thoughts is allowed too. Express your inner feelings to Allah. Our Imams would pray for social conditions and political conditions that they lived in. Imam Ali (a.s) would pray against Moawiya and Amr Ibn Aas. Imam Hussein (as) prayed against the army of Bani Ummaya on the day of Ashura. We must in this time pray for our Mujahids in the prisoners, for the Ulemas, and for the victory of the Islam. If the Dua in books doesn’t express what you feel, go ahead and express your feelings from the bottom of your heart.

Pray to Allah on every occasion : happy or sad. Quran says: "And when touches a man (an) affliction, he cries to Us, but when we remove from him his affliction, he passes on as though he had not called to us (on account of the affliction which did touch him)".

Allah brings problems so that we may establish contact with Him, but some people even don’t do this, even if they are faced by problems.

(d) Dua with Jama’ah: Dua of a congregation (Jama’ah) is better than an individual’s dua. The people should get used to praying together. Dua Komail, Dua Nudbah, Dua Tawassul, etc. should be prayed in congregation. The christians have a good habit of praying together when faced with difficulty.

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) says: "If 40 people gather together and pray, Allah shall certainly accept at least one man’s dua". Some people in the congregation may be good and sincere, and because of them, dua of all the rest shall be accepted.

(e) Understand the meaning of what you recite in Dua : Reciting Duas taught to us by our beloved Prophet and Imams (as) without understanding their meaning, makes it loose most of its significance and benefits. Then it is little surprise we hardly feel its effect on us or its benefit in our life.

June 25

Regular A’amal -SHA’-BAAN

The Holy Prophet said: “Shaa’-baan is my month”.

Imam Ali bin Husayn Al Zanul Aabideen (A.S.) told his companions: “The Holy Prophet (S.A.) used to observe fast during the whole month of Shaa’-baan. Therefore whosoever, in love of the Holy Prophet (S.A.), wishes to seek nearness to Allah and receive bounties, favours and rewards in this world and in the Hereafter, must connect Shaa’-baan with Ramazaan (in the matter of fasting and special prayers).

1) It is highly desirable to observe fast on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sha’baan, & Pray every night a 2 Rak-a’t Namaaz. In every Rak-a’t, after the recitation of Soorah Al Faatih’ah, recite Soorah Al Ikhlaas 11 times..

2) Give Alms/Charity in HIS name “What are the best deeds that should be done in Sha`ban.” The Imam (a.s) answered, “Almsgiving and seeking forgiveness are the best deeds in Sha`ban. Verily, if anyone of you gives alms in Sha`ban, Almighty Allah will breed that alms in the very same way as you breed your small camels. Hence, this alms will be as huge as Mount Uhud on the Resurrection Day.” (use www.Eternal-Investment.org )

3) Recite 70 times:-
I seek forgiveness of Allah, and, repentant, beseech Him.

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ASTAGFIRULLAAHA WA AS-ALUHUT TAWBAH

I seek forgiveness of Allah who is “There is no God save He”, the Beneficent, the Merciful; the Ever living, the Eternal, and I turn repentant to Him

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ASTAGHFIRULLAAHALLAD’EE LAA ILAAHA ILLA HUWAR RAHMANO RAH’EEMUL H’AYYUL QAYYOOMU WA ATOOBU ILAYHI

 

According to narrations, the best supplications and invocations that are advisably recited in Sha`ban are the prayers of seeking forgiveness of Almighty Allah (i.e. istighfar). Hence, to seek Almighty Allah’s forgiveness seventy times a day in Sha`ban is equal to seeking His forgiveness seventy Thousand times a day in the other months

4) Recite the following 1000 times, whenever the count reaches 1000, at any time within the month, the a’mal is complete:

There is no god save Allah. We do not worship save “He” alone, making religion pure for Him (only), however much the disbelievers be averse.

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LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHU WA LAA NAA’-BUDU ILLAA IYYAAHU MUKHLIS’EENA LAHUD DEEN WA LAW KARIHAL MUSHRIKOON

 

5) On every Thursday Fasting is recommended & Recite 2 Rak-a’t Namaaz. In every Rak-a’t, after the recitation of Soorah Al Faatih’ah, recite Soorah Al Ikhlaas 100 times. After the Salaam recite Salawaat 100 times . اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ In this respect, a Hadith reads that the heavens decorate themselves each Thursday in Sha`ban and the angels pray Almighty Allah, saying, “O our God: (please do) forgive him who observe fasting on this day and respond to his prayers.”

The Holy Prophet (a.s) is also reported as saying, “If one observe fasting each Monday and Thursday in Sha`ban, Almighty Allah will settle forty of his needs—twenty appertained to the worldly life and twenty to the Hereafter.”

6) Recite the Special Salawaat taught by Imam Ali bin Husayn Al Zaynul Aabideen (A.S.)

7) Recite Munajat e Shabaniyah with presence of heart.

June 22

Salaat Ruyati Hilal – Salaat Upon Seeing New Moon

It is desirable to pray a 2 rakat Salat after seeing the moon of the first night of every lunar month, within 3 days & earlier the better. Also give sadqa /charity & Inshallah you will be safe throughout the month.

 

This salaat is to be prayed exactly like the morning prayer, except make full adjustments.

 

Make Niyat of Ruyatil Hilal

In first Rakat recite after Sura Fatiaah recite Sooratul Ikhlass 30 times

In the second rakat after Sura Fatiaah recite Sooratul Qadr 30 times

 

After Salaam Recite the following :-

Transliteration

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There is not a "moving creature" in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on Allah. He knows its habitation and its repository. All is in a manifest Book.

If Allah touch you with affliction, there is none that can relieve there from save He; and if He desires good for you, there is none who can repel His bounty. He makes it available to whom He wills of his bondmen. He is the Oft-forgiving, the Merciful.

 

Allah will vouchsafe, after hardship, ease.

 

That which Allah wills (will come to pass)! There is no strength save in Allah.

 

Allah is sufficient for us! Most Excellent is He in whom we trust!
I confide my cause unto Allah. Verily, Allah is Seer of (His) bondmen,
There is no god save Thou. Be Thou glorified! Verily, I have been a wrongdoer, My Lord! I am needy of whatever good Thou sends down for me.

 

My Lord! Leave me not alone (childless), though Thou art the best of inheritors

 

Transliteration

WA MAA MIN DAAABBTIN FIL ARZ“I ILLAA A‘LALLAAHI RIZQUHAA WA YA‘–LAMU MUSTAQARRHAA WA MUSTAWDA’A HAA KULLUN FEE KITAABIM MUBEEN WA IY YAMSASKALLAAHU BI – Z “URRIN FALAA KAASHIFA LAHOO ILLAA HOO WA IY YURIDKA BI – KHAY RIN FALAA RAAADDA LI – FAZ “ LIH YUS ‘ EEBU BIHEE MAY YASHAAA – U MIN I‘BAADIH WA HUWAL GHAFOORUR RAH ‘ EEM
SAYAJ – A’ LULLAAHU BA ‘ – DA US ‘ RIY YUSRAA
MAA SHAAA – ALLAAHU LAA QUWWATA ILLAA BILLAAH
H‘ASBUNALLAAHU WA ALLAH NI ‘ – MAL WAKEEL
WA UFAWWIZ’U AMREEE ILALLAAH INNALLAAHA BAS ‘ EERUM BIL – I‘BAAD LAAA ILAAHA ILLAAA ANTA SUBH‘AANAKA INNEE KUNTU MINAZ‘ Z‘AALIMEEN RABBI INNEE LIMAAA ANZALTA ILAYYA MIN KHAYRIN FAQEER RABBI LAA TAD ‘ ARNEE FARADAW WA ANTA KHAYRUL WAARITHEEN